Focus on the world around you through a color lens and it gets pretty exciting. A trip around the block or around the world is a great time to relax as you train your brain, increase your creative thinking ability, concentration and Super Powers of Observation. Expand your view as you learn to think outside the box in a very special way. It’s a game changer for travel and success in school.
Travel can be a simple, enjoyable time well spent, or it can be a life changing experience. The difference may very well be in the way we actually see, participate, process and remember each trip. 80% of what happens in the brain has to do with our visual system, our eyes. It’s so important to use our brains and our eyes as fully as possible to get the most out of our lives. The key is directed focus and concentration.
Begin with color
Colors make us feel…more. They make the world a brighter place. They add to each and every event in our lives. They help us relax. Concentrate on color and your super powers of observation will explode!
Help improve the connection you and your toddlers, tweens, and teens have to color and you will all develop better creative thinking skills and increase your sense of wonder and enjoyment in the world.
One place to begin: explore the names of colors and the subtle differences in colors, especially while on a trip. This works whether it’s a walk around the block or a 21 hour flight to the other side of the globe, beach vacation, trip to Disney World or multi-generational road trips.
Start to notice the difference of color in different seasons, in different states in the US, and in different countries. Take notice of the colors people wear, the colors of different cities, the colors of nature, the varied color of the sky, the changing colors of water, sunsets, and sunrises.
Start a travel color log
It can be combined with a journal for photos and scribbles, even if the kids are very young. Observe food closely. Take lots of photos. Choose different categories that are color specific on your next trip. Get kids to point their “find” as it happens and describe the type of color (dark, light, pastel, etc). Have them keep score.
The list goes on. There are many practical suggestions that can bring creativity, concentration and brain fitness into your travel plans that will enhance all your trips. Travel is a wonderful time for developing super powers of observation. It’s a special time and journeys of any kind create an exciting place in our crazy busy lives, where we get to relax and laugh and explore things that are new and different, and hopefully challenging.
Relax and Breathe
Family travel is a wonderful opportunity to help jump start creative thinking in some simple but unique ways. What a good time to get your kids to eat different colors! What a good time to get them to focus and explore without the school curriculum boxing them in! What a good time to S-L-O-W down and Breathe!
Try this quick activity with your kids. Remember to take your travel color log along for the journey. Take a deep breath. And another. That’s right, breathing is good and good for all of you.
Everyone needs to take another breath and slowly look all around, and that includes above and below! Don’t forget to squat and check out bugs, leaves and drops of water. Start listing colors you observe. Write down every color with its real name if you know it, or a description, and this will help rewire your brain for success (check out my article) and you will begin to approach problems from a variety of directions, which will begin to help you think outside the box.
Red is More than Just Red
For example, if you see something is red, think about what kind of red it is. Is it dark red? Is a rust or mulberry or maroon red? Could it be a fire engine or tomato red? Start developing your visual and verbal descriptive ability. Examine color wheels and color lists to get started. Use every color you have in your coloring books and check out their names.
Visit your local paint store or home-improvement store. Go to the paint department and get some paint chip strips or decorating booklets and magazines. Paint companies come up with great names for colors. Check out a book from the library. Or go online and search. Encourage imagination daily.
Keeping the Memories
Take photos of the many red things you see, print them out and paste them into your travel color log. Flowers and fruit work well to begin. Kymri Wilt, Photo Traveling Mom has some great tips for taking better photos of flowers.
You can buy a book with blank sheets, preferably with a ring binding so it will expand easily when you paste things in it. I bought 200-page blank books for both my kids when we traveled for 3-6 weeks at a time. Everything went into them. My now grown children cherish their travel memory books to this day.
Start exploring a few dozen of them with your kids. If you ignite the Super Power of Observation, you will begin to see improvement in:
- their powers of observation
- their interest in the colors around them
- ow they look at and think about food
- their improved success in school, sports and more.
This is the tip of the iceberg. But you have to start somewhere and color is a very good place to start. When you start, you begin with ROY-G-BIV…(I was weaned on Sound of Music…feel free to hum along…) Approach eating foods from a color perspective. And laugh as you do it. You might get some different, and amazing results!